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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Argentina

Profile Nickname: La Albiceleste (The White And Sky-Blue) Group: D Best World Cup: Champions, 1978, 1986 Last World Cup: Runners-Up, 2014 Odds To Win: 9/1 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? Argentina’s qualification to reach the World Cup in Russia was in no means a stroll in the park as many expected it to be. It got off to a disastrous start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Ecuador, before being held to draws by Panama and Brazil. Things seemed to be getting better for La Albiceleste…

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Karim Benzema hits four for Castilla against Argentina U20’s

Karim Benzema scored four goals, as Real Madrid’s ‘Castilla’ side romped to a 6-1 victory against Argentina’s U20’s. The Castilla team played Benzema and Luka Modric, as they ran riot against the youth side at Valdebebas. With most of Madrid’s first team on international duty, struggling Benzema has more time to impress boss Zinedine Zidane. And the striker duly obliged, racking up four goals in an emphatic win for his side. The Frenchman has come under heavy criticism from fans, with just four league goals this season. Though Zidane is…

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Argentina asking Messi to play less for Barcelona

Officials for Argentina have asked national captain Lionel Messi to play less for Barcelona as the World Cup in Russia approaches. AFA president Claudio Tapia has pleaded with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to ask Barca boss Ernesto Valverde for less minutes, but it seems his plea has fallen on death ears. Messi has featured in 33 starts out of 39 games this season for the Catalan side, being left out of the match-day squad just three times. Valverde did leave Messi out of the starting line-up for the first…

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Spain set to face Argentina in pre-World Cup friendly

Lionel Messi could come face to face with the country in which he has made his name for the first time on the international stage as MARCA say that the Argentine FA consider the deal for a friendly between Spain and Argentina to be virtually sealed. It’s thought that the game will be played on 27th March 2018, at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The date had originally been allocated as the time for a game against Holland, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup, but the Spanish…

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Five Sevilla players named in Sampaoli’s Argentina squad

Jorge Sampaoli has named five Sevilla players in his Argentina squad for the vital World Cup Qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela. It appears that Sampaoli, who managed Sevilla last season, wants players he knows and trusts around him as he tries to take the South American giants to next summers World Cup Finals in Russia. The five players called up by Sampaoli are Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Pareja, Ever Banega, Guido Pizarro and Joaquin Correa. Mercado, Pareja and Correa all featured for Sevilla under Sampaoli last season while Banega and Pizarro are summer…

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